Motion Image Conferencing Patents (Class 348/14.1)
  • Patent number: 10321096
    Abstract: A video- and/or audio-enabled communication system includes a processor, coupled with a camera, the camera acquiring an image of an object of interest during a video communication session involving multiple participants and a computer readable medium comprising instructions that cause the processor to perform automatically an action in response to and related to a sensed context during the video communication session. The action can be one or more of retrieve or provide content of interest to one or more of the participants, join a third party to the video communication session, recommend that a further action be performed by the processor, and schedule an activity involving one or more of the participants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Erez Morabia, Gilad Levi, Shlomi Hofman, Mark Apel, Tamar Barzuza
  • Patent number: 10298828
    Abstract: A multi-imaging apparatus includes: a display unit; an internal imaging device that acquires a first live view image or a first image captured by a main imaging operation thereof; a wireless communication unit that performs wireless communication with an external imaging device that acquires a second live view image or a second image captured by a main imaging operation thereof; and a controller. Here, the controller receives an input of the first live view image from the internal imaging device, receives the second live view image from the external imaging device through the wireless communication unit, and causes the display unit to display the input first live view image and the received second live view image as a multi-live view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: FUJIFILM Corporation
    Inventors: Daisuke Hayashi, Hiroyuki Oshima, Takeshi Misawa, Masaya Tamaru, Fuminori Irie, Mikio Watanabe
  • Patent number: 10268360
    Abstract: A computer system comprises a conference system for providing an audio conference and an associated server having a participant profile module comprising: logic configured to presenting a conference user interface to the first and second computing devices, the conference user interface displaying a first object identifying the first participant in association with a first audio indicator and a second object identifying the second participant in association with a second audio indicator; logic configured to present, in the conference user interface, a participant profile control associated with the first participant for specifying one or more profile parameters associated with the first participant; and logic configured to receive, from the second participant via the second computing device and during the audio conference, a selection of the one or more or more profile parameters associated with the first participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: American Teleconferencing Service, Ltd.
    Inventors: Boland T. Jones, David Michael Guthrie, Peter Stewart
  • Patent number: 10250851
    Abstract: Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The method computer program products, and systems can include, for instance: obtaining respective video feeds of respective participants of a group of video conference participants, wherein the group of video conference participants includes one or more presenter participant and one or more viewer participant; examining data of the respective video feeds to determine a current group aggregate sentiment output for the video conference, wherein the examining includes subjecting data of feeds of the respective video feeds to sentiment analysis that includes processing of facial feature representing video data of the feeds; and presenting a video conference view to one or more participant of the group of video conference participants based on the group aggregate sentiment output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Liam S. Harpur, Mark Delaney, Robert H. Grant, Trudy L. Hewitt
  • Patent number: 10225525
    Abstract: [Object] To provide an information processing device, a storage medium, and a control method which are capable of assisting more comfortable and safer living by providing information based on real-time images collected from a plurality of imaging devices. [Solution] Provided is an information processing device, including: a search unit configured to search for an imaging device around a specific information processing device; a providing unit configured to provide information related to the searched imaging device and an angle of view of the imaging device to a user; and an acquiring unit configured to acquire an image imaged by an imaging device selected by the user. The providing unit provides the image acquired by the acquiring unit to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Masakazu Yajima, Kazuyuki Sakoda, Takatoshi Nakamura, Mitsuru Takehara, Yuki Koga, Tomoya Onuma, Akira Tange
  • Patent number: 10215706
    Abstract: A system is described for obtaining images of a gemstone, and performing quantitative analysis on the images to obtain measures of properties of the gemstone. The system comprises a support structure for supporting the gemstone at an observation position. An illumination structure is arranged to illuminate the gemstone. The illumination structure comprises a plurality of radially dispersed directional light sources directed towards the observation position, the support structure and illumination system being rotatable relative to one another around a rotation axis so that the gemstone can be illuminated by one or more of the directional light sources at each of a plurality of rotational positions, the axis of rotation being normal to a selected facet of the gemstone. An imaging device is directed towards the gemstone for obtaining images of the gemstone at each of the rotational positions, the imaging device having an imaging axis parallel to or coincident with the axis of rotation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: De Beers UK Ltd.
    Inventor: James Gordon Charters Smith
  • Patent number: 10187439
    Abstract: An online conferencing system that provides fine-grained control over recording of the online conference. A participant manager component detects current participants in an online conference. A video gathering component gathers video streams for each of at least some of the current participants in the online conference. A triggering component allows one or more of the participants to trigger operation of a recording component. The recording component identifies one or more of the gather video streams to record, and records the identified one or more video streams. The recording component may have fine-grained control over the recording process. If a participant joins the conference, that video from the new participant may be automatically recorded also. If a participant leaves a conference, the recording of that video may be stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Beaming, LLC
    Inventors: Krishnan Ananthanarayanan, Christopher M. Eagan, Amit Kumar Dutta, Anand Srinivasan, Mieszko Matkowski
  • Patent number: 10152985
    Abstract: A method for recording in a video chat, and a terminal to reduce background noise and noise of multiple persons in a video chat process, and improve voice quality of a video chat. A first terminal divides a video calling screen into multiple angular domains. After beam configuration information of each angular domain is determined, beam configuration information of a target angular domain of the first terminal is sent to a second terminal. The second terminal performs, according to the beam configuration information, beamforming processing on an audio signal obtained through recording such that signal strength of an audio signal of the target angular domain is enhanced, and signal strength of an audio signal of another angular domain is attenuated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Junteng Kang
  • Patent number: 10133456
    Abstract: A communication terminal includes a display control unit configured to display, on a display unit, a function selecting screen that contains a first icon for receiving a selection of a first communication function and a second icon for receiving a selection of a second communication function. The first communication function is to provide communication using a signaling protocol for connecting to or disconnecting from a destination of communication and an encoding protocol for encapsulating communication data in IP packets. The second communication function is to provide communication using the same signaling protocol and a different encoding protocol. The communication terminal also includes a receiving unit configured to receive a selection of the first icon or the second icon; and a starting unit configured to start the first communication function and the second communication function in response to the selection of the first icon and the second icon, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH COMPANY, LIMITED
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Kanda, Takahiro Asai
  • Patent number: 10061672
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are provided for implementing random content of program loops in random test generation for processor verification. A converged branch instruction stream is used by a test generator to ensure that all random conditional branches converge to a main program loop. A built in exception handling mechanism of the test generator enables program interrupts to converge to the main program loop. Mandatory read only registers applied to the test generator allow all register based storage addresses to use registers that maintain a value and thus stabilize the storage address translations through subsequent iterations of the loop. A global class restriction mechanism defines specific restricted instruction classes applied to the test generator avoids inherently problematic operations for the program loops. Machine state detection and restoration mechanisms in the test generator are provided to preserve storage addressability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Adi Dagan, Avishai Fedida, Olaf K. Hendrickson, Oz Hershkovitz
  • Patent number: 10051353
    Abstract: Presented herein is an audio endpoint for telecommunication operations, sometimes referred to herein as a “telecommunications audio endpoint” or, more, simply as an “audio endpoint.” According to at least one example, the audio endpoint presented herein includes a base, a speaker, a speaker waveguide, a microphone waveguide, and two or more microphones. The base is configured to engage a support surface (i.e., a table) and the speaker is configured to emit sounds (i.e., fire) in a direction of the base. The speaker waveguide is disposed between the speaker and the microphone waveguide, while the microphone waveguide is disposed between the speaker waveguide and the base. The two or more microphones are disposed within the microphone waveguide and are proximate to the base. In general, the speaker waveguide is configured to guide sounds output by the speaker in general radially (outward) directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: David William Nolan Robison, Kevin Lee Hughes, Feng Bao, Stephen Lee Ijams, Victor Manuel Sanchez, David M. Sanguinet
  • Patent number: 10044980
    Abstract: In some examples, a system for conference management can include a processor to initiate a conference comprising a plurality of cameras and at least one user and process a series of images with at least one service to generate service output, the series of images comprising an aggregation of images from the plurality of cameras. The processor can also detect metadata associated with each of the series of images by the at least one service and aggregate the metadata and the service output based on a timestamp for each image to detect an event. Furthermore, the processor can generate an alarm in response to detecting the event and modify the conference by adding additional cameras or additional users.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: International Busines Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Scott W. Graham, Lior Luker, Nitzan Nissim, Brian L. Pulito
  • Patent number: 10021317
    Abstract: Disclosed are an image display apparatus and a method of operating the same. The method of operating the image display apparatus includes entering a camera mode, acquiring a captured image on a per lens position basis via position shift of a single lens included in a camera module according to the camera mode, storing the acquired captured image on a per lens position basis, displaying at least one of a plurality of stored captured images according to an image view mode, and displaying any one image focused on at least one area in the displayed captured image when the at least one area is selected. This method may enhance user convenience.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: LG ELECTRONICS INC.
    Inventors: Sun Ryang Kim, Sang Won Um, Il Yong Lee, Sung Hyun Kim
  • Patent number: 10002539
    Abstract: A method for the integrated recording and playback of video, audio and data inputs using training simulators comprises the step of simultaneously receiving at least one data source input, audio input and video input into a common digital memory buffer in a time stamped manner for at least a given training event, wherein at least one of the data source inputs is a data record throughout the event of at least one simulated parameter of the training simulator, wherein at least one audio input is an audio record of the training event and at least one video input is a video record of the training event, and wherein the common memory buffer allows independent, simultaneous, synchronized, user controlled playback of the individual inputs received within the memory buffer. The system provides for contemporaneously flagging the common memory buffer during the event through a wireless controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: KbPort LLC
    Inventors: Charles G. Miller, Clifford Olmstead
  • Patent number: 9961208
    Abstract: The present document relates to methods and systems for setting up and managing two-dimensional or three-dimensional scenes for audio conferences. A conference controller (111, 175) configured to place a plurality of upstream audio signals (123, 173) associated with a plurality of conference participants within a 2D or 3D conference scene to be rendered to a listener (211) is described. The conference controller (111, 175) is configured to set up a X-point conference scene with X different spatial talker locations (212) within the conference scene; assign the plurality of upstream audio signals (123, 173) to respective ones of the talker locations (212); determine a degree of activity of the plurality of upstream audio signals (123, 173); determine a dominant one of the plurality of upstream audio signals (123, 173); and emphasize the dominant upstream audio signal (123, 173).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation
    Inventors: Paul Boustead, Gary Spittle
  • Patent number: 9953223
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for assigning pixels distance-cost values using a flood fill technique. One embodiment takes the form of a process that includes obtaining video data depicting a head of a user, obtaining depth data associated with the video data, and selecting seed pixels for a flood fill at least in part by using the depth information. The process also includes performing the flood fill from the selected seed pixels. The flood fill assigns respective distance-cost values to pixels of the video data based on position-space cost values and color-space cost values. In some embodiments, the process also includes classifying pixels of the video data as foreground based at least in part on the assigned distance-cost values. In some other embodiments, the process also includes assigning pixels of the video data foreground-likelihood values based at least in part on the assigned distance-cost values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: Personify, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Lin, Quang Nguyen, Gia Dang, Yi Zhang, Simion Venshtain, Cong Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9942515
    Abstract: Pairing and configuring a computing device for use in a meeting space is provided. An appliance may communicate a broadcast to a computing device which announces the availability of a meeting space for a meeting. The computing device may establish a connection with the appliance. The computing device may then join the meeting in the meeting space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Anton Krantz, William George Verthein, Srikanth Shoroff, Amey Parandekar, Mohammad N. Vakil, Steven Shaw, Nghiep Duong, Ankit Tandon
  • Patent number: 9940693
    Abstract: A system includes a content obtaining circuit configured to obtain a plurality of content and information related to the content from at least one of a plurality of sources, an importance obtaining circuit configured to obtain an importance level for each content, and a display control circuit configured to generate data to control a display of an image corresponding to each of the plurality of content. The importance level is based on the information related to the content. The display control circuit determines a size of each image on a display screen based on the importance level for each content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: SONY CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshihito Ohki, Daiki Nogami
  • Patent number: 9936163
    Abstract: A video-enabled communication system that includes a processor, coupled with a camera, the camera acquiring an image of an object of interest during a video communication session and a computer readable medium, coupled with the processor, comprising instructions that cause the processor to select a reflected image of the object of interest for use in providing image information to a remote endpoint for display to another participant, wherein the reflected image is a reflection of the object of interest in a mirror having a line-of-sight to the camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Eyal Lubelsky, Yoel Popovich, Ami Sanado, Ilan Dayan, Azaria Cohen, Tamar Barzuza
  • Patent number: 9894434
    Abstract: A conference system including a microphone array unit having a plurality of microphone capsules arranged in or on a board mountable on or in a ceiling of a conference room. The microphone array unit has a steerable beam and a maximum detection angle range. The conference system further includes a processing unit which is configured to receive the output signals of the microphone capsules and to steer the beam based on the received output signal of the microphone array unit. The processing unit is configured to control the microphone array to limit the detection angle range to exclude at least one predetermined exclusion sector in which a noise source is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: J. Douglas Rollow, IV, Lance Reichert, Daniel Voss
  • Patent number: 9888335
    Abstract: An apparatus (300) comprises—one or more inputs (IN1, IN2) to receive two or more different audio signals (S1, S2),—an input (IN—VDI1) to receive a direction signal (SVDI1) and—a signal processing unit (100) arranged to generate a processed audio signal (SAUDIOI) from said two or more different audio signals (S1, S2), said processed audio signal (SAUDIO1) comprising an enhanced audio signal (SENC1) corresponding to a sound (SND2) originating from a location (x2y2) indicated by said direction signal (SVDI1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: Nokia Technologies Oy
    Inventors: Antti Eronen, Pasi Ojala
  • Patent number: 9883140
    Abstract: A video conferencing system is described that includes a near-end and a far-end system. The near-end system records both audio and video of one or more users proximate to the near-end system. This recorded audio and video is transmitted to the far-end system through the data connection. The video stream and/or one or more settings of the recording camera are analyzed to determine the amount of a video frame occupied by the recorded user(s). The video conferencing system may directly analyze the video frames themselves and/or a zoom setting of the recording camera to determine a ratio or percentage of the video frame occupied by the recorded user(s). By analyzing video frames associated with an audio stream, the video conferencing system may drive a speaker array of the far-end system to more accurately reproduce sound content based on the position of the recorded user in a video frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Inventors: Martin E. Johnson, Tom-Davy William Jendrik Saux, Ronald N. Isaac, Sylvain Choisel, Afrooz Family
  • Patent number: 9860582
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a method for broadcasting information to one or more client devices from a broadcaster that is not a client device, which one or more client devices utilize presentation rates to present audio in broadcast information at various presentation rates using time-scale modification, and which method includes: (a) the broadcaster broadcasting the information; and (b) the broadcaster broadcasting guidance information used to determine presentation rates for use by the one or more client devices in presentation of audio in the broadcast information using time-scale modification; wherein the guidance information is transmitted at or not at a time of broadcast of the broadcast information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Virentem Ventures, LLC
    Inventor: Donald J. Hejna, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9859988
    Abstract: A versatile communications (comms) apparatus to provide a means to measure the audio (earphone) output of an electronic device (e.g. a music player in a smartphone), and/or to provide a means for wireless communications between a first electronic device (e.g. a smartphone) and a second electronic device (e.g. a hearing aid, pacemaker, etc). In some embodiments, the comms apparatus does not need power and in other embodiments, its power may be harvested from the first electronic device, or drawn from a battery that may be recharged by harvesting means or charged directly. The first electronic device typically includes an audio (earphone) output, a microphone input (with a voltage bias), a long-range communications transceiver (e.g. GSM), and where pertinent, a short-range transceiver (e.g. Bluetooth) and is internet enabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Advanced Electroacoustics Private Limited
    Inventors: Joseph Sylvester Chang, Chai Lung Lee, Tong Ge
  • Patent number: 9848174
    Abstract: System and method for improving the shaving experience by providing improved visibility of the skin shaving area. A digital camera is integrated with the electric shaver for close image capturing of shaving area, and displaying it on a display unit. The display unit can be integral part of the electric shaver casing, or housed in a separated device which receives the image via a communication channel. The communication channel can be wireless (using radio, audio or light) or wired, such as dedicated cabling or using powerline communication. A light source is used to better illuminate the shaving area. Video compression and digital image processing techniques are used for providing for improved shaving results. The wired communication medium can simultaneously be used also for carrying power from the electric shaver assembly to the display unit, or from the display unit to the electric shaver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: May Patents Ltd.
    Inventor: Yehuda Binder
  • Patent number: 9843713
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide systems and methods for controlling a camera based on movement of a user detected by another camera. A system may include a first camera capturing images of a user, a display located in the vicinity of the first camera, the display displaying, in real time, video received from a second camera disparately located from the first camera. The system may include one or more processors coupled to the first camera, the second camera and the display, the processor(s) analyzing the images captured by the first camera to determine head and eye movement of the user, determining camera settings for the second camera based on the determined head and/or eye movement of the user, and transmitting the determined camera settings to the second camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Inventors: Kyung-Hee Kim, Paul C. Shim, Jiseok Lee
  • Patent number: 9842363
    Abstract: Method, computer program product, and system to provide an extended vision within an environment having a plurality of items, where the extended vision is based on a field of view of a person determined using a first visual sensor, and is further based on at least a second visual sensor disposed within the environment. Image information from the first and second visual sensors is associated to produce combined image information. Selected portions of the combined image information are displayed based on input provided through a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Corporation
    Inventors: Monsak Jason Chirakansakcharoen, Dean Frederick Herring, Ankit Singh, David John Steiner
  • Patent number: 9761248
    Abstract: An action analysis device includes: an acoustic analysis unit 1 for analyzing input acoustic information, and generating acoustic analysis information indicating a feature of the acoustic information; a time difference determination unit 2 for determining a time difference between when an acoustic event identified by the acoustic analysis information occurs and when an event corresponding to the acoustic event occurs in input video obtained by capturing an image of a crowd; and an action analysis unit 3 for analyzing an action of the crowd corresponding to the acoustic event, using the input video, the acoustic analysis information, and the time difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Ryoma Oami, Hiroyoshi Miyano, Takafumi Koshinaka, Osamu Houshuyama, Masahiro Tani
  • Patent number: 9743040
    Abstract: The disclosed computer-implemented method for facilitating eye contact during video conferences may include (1) detecting a video conference between a user of a computing device and a remote user of a remote computing device, (2) identifying a location on the computing device's screen where the eyes of the remote user are displayed as part of the video conference, (3) creating a video stream of the user that appears to be taken from the perspective of an imaginary camera located at the eyes of the remote user, and (4) transmitting the video stream of the user to the remote computing device of the remote user. Various other methods, systems, and computer-readable media are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Newstadt, Ilya Sokolov
  • Patent number: 9681100
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus for conducting a video conference. A location of a person is determined based on a direction of a source of speech. The location of an image capture device and/or a portion of a display device may be adjusted based on the determined direction of the source of speech.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: eBay Inc.
    Inventor: Jeremiah Joseph Akin
  • Patent number: 9641947
    Abstract: A system and method for generating, transmitting and distributing audio signals providing automatic adjustments to the audio signals to compensate for one or more of the acoustics in a meeting room, the arrangement of audience arrays and speakers in a meeting room, audio signal volume levels and equalization, and the differences in characteristics of a verbal input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: IDEAWORKX LLC
    Inventor: Jeff Loether
  • Patent number: 9628416
    Abstract: In one implementation, endpoint computing devices communicate using one or more instant messages. A user interface of an endpoint receives text input from a user for an instant message. The endpoint generates a trigger command in response to the instant message. A camera captures an image in response to the trigger command. The image may depict the user that entered the text input but other images are possible. The endpoint sends the image with the instant message to a recipient of the instant message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Henderson
  • Patent number: 9616337
    Abstract: A computer of an information processing apparatus repeatedly accepts an operation to designate at least one of a plurality of command elements making up of a command, executes at least any one of a first memory writing processing to write a first command element having a specific attribute out of the command elements corresponding to the accepted operation in a first memory and a second memory writing processing to write a second command element having an attribute different from the attribute in a second memory, determines whether or not a command element array stored over the first memory and the second memory satisfies an execution allowable condition every execution of the writing processing, and processes information according to the command element array when the satisfaction is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Assignee: Nintendo Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Hiroshi Momose
  • Patent number: 9602558
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method includes supporting a participation of a first endpoint in a first session and identifying a first time when a second session is to begin, where the first endpoint is expected to participate in the second session. The method also includes determining whether the first endpoint is still participating in the first session at approximately the first time, identifying a first condition when it is determined that the first endpoint is still participating in the first session at approximately the first time, and determining when the first condition is met while supporting the participation of the first endpoint in the first session. Finally, the method includes causing the first endpoint to switch to participating in the second session when it is determined that the first condition is met.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Vineet Bhan, Ashish Chotai, Umar Sear
  • Patent number: 9563962
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are methods and systems for assigning pixels distance-cost values using a flood fill technique. One embodiment takes the form of a process that includes obtaining video data depicting a head of a user, obtaining depth data associated with the video data, and selecting seed pixels for a flood fill at least in part by using the depth information. The process also includes performing the flood fill from the selected seed pixels. The flood fill assigns respective distance-cost values to pixels of the video data based on position-space cost values and color-space cost values. In some embodiments, the process also includes classifying pixels of the video data as foreground based at least in part on the assigned distance-cost values. In some other embodiments, the process also includes assigning pixels of the video data foreground-likelihood values based at least in part on the assigned distance-cost values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2017
    Assignee: PERSONIFY, INC.
    Inventors: Dennis Lin, Quang Nguyen, Gia Dang, Yi Zhang, Simion Venshtain, Cong Nguyen
  • Patent number: 9538133
    Abstract: A system and a method for executing a virtual conference that conveys gaze information are presented. Where there are three nodes, input from the first node indicating a gaze recipient of a first participant is received, the gaze recipient being associated with one of the second and third nodes. A virtual space is constructed in which representations of the first participant, a second participant who is associated with the second node, and a third participant who is associated with the third node are positioned in a predetermined order. The gaze angle of the first participant in the virtual space is determined based on the position of the representation of the first participant's gaze recipient in the virtual space. An image that includes the first participant looking at his gaze recipient in the virtual space, as seen from the position of the second participant in the virtual space, is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Inventor: Jie Diao
  • Patent number: 9524588
    Abstract: Embodiments disclosed herein provide methods, systems, and computer readable storage media for facilitating enhanced visual communication between remote participants. In a particular embodiment, a method provides, during a conference session, receiving first video captured of a first participant remote to a physical meeting location. The method further provides determining a first position for the first participant in the physical meeting location and determining a view of an Augmented Reality (AR) head mounted display worn by a second participant at the physical meeting location. From the first video, the method provides generating AR video that makes the first participant appear to the second participant at the first position when viewed through the AR head mounted display. The method also includes transferring the AR video to the AR head mounted display for presentation to the second participant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2016
    Assignee: Avaya Inc.
    Inventors: Tamar Barzuza, Yair Wiener, Ori Modai, Azaria Cohen
  • Patent number: 9521371
    Abstract: An approach is provided for establishing a virtual community for remotely participating in an event. A remote camera set is controlled by a user equipment to view an event from a plurality of viewing perspectives. A virtual community is built to share viewing of the event by multiple participants. A subscriber with full capacity to the access of the system can facilitate as a station host to provide services for the duration of the event to a group of remote participants, standby viewers, in the virtual community to share the event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2016
    Assignee: VERIZON PATENT AND LICENSING INC.
    Inventor: Andrew Chu
  • Patent number: 9507509
    Abstract: Various embodiments related to a hand-held mobile computing device are disclosed. One disclosed embodiment comprises a hand-held mobile computing device having a touch-sensitive display forming a surface of the hand-held mobile computing device configured to receive touch input. The hand-held mobile computing device further comprises a processor and memory comprising code executable by the processor to display a scrollable list of items in a first content viewing mode having a first set of content for each of the items in the scrollable list, to detect a dynamic multi-touch gesture over the scrollable list of items, and to change the scrollable list of items to a second content viewing mode responsive to detection of the dynamic multi-touch gesture, wherein the second content viewing mode comprises a second set of content for each item in the scrollable list of items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Nicole Coddington
  • Patent number: 9473740
    Abstract: In a system and method of conducting a videoconference, a videoconferencing unit detects an activation related to a presentation device at a near-end of the videoconference. The unit stores a current orientation of at least one camera and directs the at least one camera at the presentation device. At this point, the unit begins outputting to a far-end at least one of (i) video captured of the presentation device with the at least one directed camera and (ii) content displayed with the presentation device. At some point, the unit detects a deactivation related to the presentation device at the near-end and then redirects the at least one camera to the stored orientation so the videoconference can proceed as before.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Schaefer, Alain Nimri
  • Patent number: 9438792
    Abstract: An image-processing apparatus obtains first image data having a first angle of view and second image data having a second angle of view smaller than the first angle of view. The image-processing apparatus then generates third image data by performing weighted combination of the first image data and the second image data, the third image data having a third angle of view determined according to a user command and being smaller than the first angle of view but larger than the second angle of view. Weights used in this weighted combination are such that the closer the third angle of view is to the second angle of view, the larger is the weight on the second image data relative to the weight on the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Yuichi Nakada, Yosuke Sato
  • Patent number: 9420028
    Abstract: A communication device obtains video data. The video data includes a plurality of inter-frame coded image data and a plurality of intra-frame coded image data. The communication device displays a portion of a video layout region on a video display region of a display of the communication device. A plurality of captured images, reproduced from video data, is laid out in the video layout region. When a specific captured image is not included in the video display region, the communication device determines update frequency information. The update frequency information sets at least a portion of the plurality of inter-frame coded image data included in specific video data, corresponding to the specific captured image, as a non-target for transmission. The communication device transmits the update frequency information via a communication unit of the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kenji Oike
  • Patent number: 9392226
    Abstract: Techniques are provided for establishing a videoconference session between participants at different endpoints, where each endpoint includes at least one computing device and one or more displays. A plurality of video streams is received at an endpoint, and each video stream is classified as at least one of a people view and a data view. The classified views are analyzed to determine one or more regions of interest for each of the classified views, where at least one region of interest has a size smaller than a size of the classified view. Synthesized views of at least some of the video streams are generated, wherein the synthesized views include at least one view including a region of interest, and views including the synthesized views are rendered at one or more displays of an endpoint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Dihong Tian, J. William Mauchly, Joseph T. Friel
  • Patent number: 9392225
    Abstract: An incidental virtual meeting (IVM) system deployed in multiple rooms can be used to provide a “virtual cafeteria” allowing for incidental meetings and video conferences. Wall endpoints in each room may detect the presence of a person in a proximity to the IVM (wall) endpoint and establish a connection to the associated wall endpoint in the other room, to allow unplanned meetings to occur. A room may have multiple wall endpoints, allowing the room to be connected to more than one other rooms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2016
    Assignee: Polycom, Inc.
    Inventor: Aviv Eisenberg
  • Patent number: 9380263
    Abstract: A video transmitting system includes: a display configured to display an image in a first direction; cameras including: a first camera adjacent a first edge of the display; and a second camera adjacent a second edge of the display, at least a portion of the display being proximal a convex hull that includes the first camera and the second camera, the first camera and the second camera having substantially overlapping fields of view encompassing the first direction; and an image processor to: receive a position of a virtual camera relative to the cameras substantially within the convex hull and substantially on the display, the virtual camera having a field of view encompassing the first direction; receive raw images captured by the cameras at substantially the same time; and generate processed image data from the raw images for synthesizing a view in accordance with the position of the virtual camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: Aquifi, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo Dal Mutto, Abbas Rafii
  • Patent number: 9374607
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided to offer a restricted playback mode playlist mode to allow one or more participating users to access a host's media playback system and interact with a reduced subset of functions in that system. An example method includes providing, via a local media playback system, a restricted playback mode open to a plurality of participating users, the restricted playback mode providing a subset of playback functions from the local media playback system to the participating users, the subset including addition of content to a playlist for playback via the local media playback system. The example method includes facilitating addition of content to the playlist by at least one participating user. The example method includes facilitating playback of content from the playlist in the restricted playback mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: Sonos, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Bates, Lee Keyser-Allen, Diane Roberts, Jonathan P. Lang
  • Patent number: 9369667
    Abstract: A system and a method for executing a virtual conference are presented. The method includes providing, to each participant, images of the plurality of nodes, receiving an active node selection input from a first participant of the plurality of participants, the active node selection input indicating which of the plurality of nodes the first participant selects as an active node for communication, and modifying an image quality of the active node provided to the first participant, so that the active node has a first image quality that is different from a second image quality that is assigned to other nodes, wherein image quality includes parameters that affect the perceived clarity of an image. Also provided is a system and method for obtaining the image of a participant from a desired angle by guiding the participant's gaze to a selected region of the screen relative to a camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventor: Jie Diao
  • Patent number: 9367887
    Abstract: Implementations are provided herein relating to audiovisual matching. Audio and video channel data is merged to create a single multi-channel fingerprint used to match media content. Audio channel data is used to generate audio fingerprints. Video channel data is used to generate a video fingerprints. Multi-channel fingerprints can then be generated based on the audio channel fingerprints and video channel fingerprints. In this sense, entropy can be increased while the multi-channel fingerprint can be less resistant to noise.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew Sharifi
  • Patent number: 9355102
    Abstract: Media data for a live event such as a horse race, associated real-time data, and contextually related asynchronous data are presented to an end user. A content delivery network distributes the media data and a server distributes the associated real-time data. A time synchronization module combines the media data with the associated real-time data based on a correspondence of temporal data and outputs an integrated data feed. A contextual relating module identifies asynchronous data stored by an asynchronous data storage as contextually relevant to the integrated data feed, outputs the contextually relevant asynchronous data, and records the integrated data feed and contextually relevant asynchronous data for playback as an integrated data combination. A client device executes an application for presenting to the end user the data included in the integrated data feed output by the time synchronization module along with contextually relevant asynchronous data output by the contextual relating module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Churchill Downs Technology Initiatives Company
    Inventors: Rohit Thukral, Vernon Niven
  • Patent number: RE47314
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for selecting a QoS in a portable communication system are provided. The method includes, when using a high quality video communication service, sending a request for the high quality video communication service to a destination terminal using a Circuit Service Data (CSD) channel, receiving a reply message to the high quality video communication service request and, when the reply message is an acceptance of an execution of the high quality video communication service, disconnecting the CSD channel and then connecting a Packet Service Data (PSD) channel, and providing the high quality video communication service using the PSD channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sung-Ik Park, Woo-Young Choi